The alsatian city of Strasbourg has taken on many names throughout its history. Based in 12 av J-C by the Romans, it is no more than a military camp, which is under the name of Argentoratum. The story indicates that this place was occupied by the Celts well before, but the arrival of the Romans marked a significant turning point in the construction of the current city of Strasbourg.
Strasbourg, a tourist city indispensable
Strasbourg has many monuments and is ranked the eighth place of the most historic towns of France. The Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg is a monument impossible to circumvent in the sightseeing of the city of Strasbourg. This roman catholic Church is the oldest gothic cathedral in the world still standing and impresses by its size and its sculptures. If you are lovers of culture and fascinated by the history of France, Strasbourg will enthrall you with its heritage and its cultural richness. You impregnate this city to the special atmosphere and leave with great cultural knowledge. Back on the main guidelines of the military camp of Argentoratum (now Strasbourg.
The birth of the roman military camp of Argentoratum
The place is ideal to install a military base fortified and benefits of the strategic qualities that are undeniable to protect the Roman Empire. The geographical location of the military camp makes a movement interesting thanks to the waterways. The Rhine contributes to the development of commercial transportation and communication, but it is also a good means of defence for the Romans. The emperor Augustus decided to settle on this place and appoints the general Drusus, to set up the military camp of Argentoratum. The Romans organize defenses along the Rhine to protect the Empire against the Germans. The roman military camp develops very quickly , and has inevitably a commercial hub all around him. The population increased gradually to reach in the year 20, nearly 10 000 inhabitants.
The destruction of Argentoratum for a transition to Strasbourg
Everything changes in the year 166, and when the barbarians rub against the frontiers of the Roman Empire, it eventually falls under the weight of the Alamanni in 355. Argentoratum was reconquered and rebuilt in 357 by Emperor Julien, but the Germans always present invaded Gaul in 406. Completely destroyed by Attila in 457, the city would review the day in 496, and will be christened by the Franks under the name of Strateburgum. The city will become over time what you know today under the name of Strasbourg. The city has, of course, kept the traces of the architectural of the coming of the Romans. You will be able to admire during your trip to Strasbourg, the many places displaying the different structures built in the past.
Enjoy the alsatian gastronomy
Your trip to Strasbourg will be an opportunity to taste the traditional dishes known in the world. Enjoy real Pretzels, sausage, the famous sauerkraut, Baeckeoffe, a hotpot from the alsace, or the flammekueche, a pizza of Alsace. Enjoy your trip to Strasbourg to ask you, and enjoy all these authentic dishes while contemplating the whole architecture of this mythical city.